Iraqi Parliament Action
A portion of Iraqi Parliament (mostly Shiites) voted to expel US troops from the nation but the measure was not binding. It was symbolic. So please keep that in mind as CNN and MSNBC spin it. Additionally, 5,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq at the invitation fo the country’s executive branch, the Prime Minister’s office — not Parliament. It is up to the Iraqi Prime Minister whether the troops will be expelled.
As I’ve commented previously, while I support the withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East (let them kill themselves), it’s not going to happen. There are a number of reasons, all of them financial. All oil is bought and sold in dollars. It gives US currency a heavy boost. The Russians would like to see oil trades made in rubles, the Chinese in RMB, but it’s dollars. And it will remain in dollars so long as the US is dominant in the region and the world. The US no longer needs Middle Eastern oil but most of the rest of the world does, so we will remain.
Whether the US military will remain in Iraq is an open question but the Iraqis don’t want to see ISIS reborn and the Iraqi Shiites don’t want the country overrun with Iranian Shiites (different power group). A lot of them breathed a sigh of relief when Gen. Soleimani was taken out.
Tomorrow’s Blog – Coming Attractions
A comparison between the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876) and the Battle of Islandlwana (1879). No spoilers, but I hope that you find the perspectives interesting.